Childhood stories of family, country and belonging
Published by Black Inc Books
What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question.
Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.
This groundbreaking collection will enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.
Contributors include: Tony Birch, Deborah Cheetham, Adam Goodes, Terri Janke, Patrick Johnson, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Jack Latimore, Celeste Liddle, Amy McQuire, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Miranda Tapsell, Jared Thomas, Aileen Walsh, Alexis West, Tara June Winch, and many, many more.
Audiobook will be available on Wavesound
Teachers notes are also available online.
Reviews, articles and extracts:
"Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia is a mosaic, its more than 50 tiles – short personal essays with unique patterns, shapes, colours and textures – coming together to form a powerful portrait of resilience. Some contributors, such as footballer Adam Goodes and opera singer Deborah Cheetham, are well known, others less so." - The Saturday Paper, April 2018
"Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia is a much needed addition to every Australian bookshelf, and will challenge and impress every reader who opens it." - George Delaney, Readings, April 2018
"Family, Language, Love, Dance, Land: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia," by Nayuka Gorrie, Feminist Writers' Festival, April 2018.
New anthology shares diverse range of experiences in growing up Aboriginal in Australia, NT News, April 2018.
When did I grow up? byt Deborah Cheetham, Inside Story, April 2018
Where to buy the anthology:
Black Inc (online)
Avid Reader (Brisbane and online)
Angus & Robertson (Nationally)
Better Read Than Dead (Sydney and online)
Dymocks (Nationally and online)
Gleebooks (Sydney and online)
Paperchain (Canberra and online)
Readings (Melbourne and online)
Verso Books (Healesville)